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Gen Thomas Baltimore Howard

  • Birth 29 Dec 1820 Wilmington, New Hanover County, North Carolina, USA
  • Death 7 Jul 1904 Washington City, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
  • Burial Crockett, Houston County, Texas, USA
  • Plot Section F-3, Lot 118
  • Memorial ID 37534706

Washington Post Obituary dated Friday, July 8, 1904.

Death of Gen. T. B. Howard

Gen. Thomas Baltimore Howard died of the weakness incident to age at 3:30 yesterday afternoon, at the residence of his son-in-law, Rankin Mason, 25 Iowa Circle. Except for the feebleness which was the natural accompaniment of his years, he had been in his usual health until within the past ten days. One week ago last Sunday he sat on the lawn of his son-in-law's residence and chatted cheerfully with a number of friends. He failed rapidly after that, however, and for the past four days he had not been able to take any nourishment, save an occasional spoonful of milk.

Gen. Howard had been in Washington since last November, coming here from his old home in Houston, Tex., in order to be near his daughter, Mrs. Rankin Mason, and since his arrival he has resided in her home. Besides Mrs. Mason, he is survived by another daughter, Mrs. Cora Cross, of Huntsville, Ala., and a son, Oscar Howard, of Houston, Tex. His wife has been dead a number of years.

There will be a brief service at the residence of Mr. Mason at 9:30 this morning, and the remains will be taken to Houston over the Southern Railway at 11 a.m. The funeral will be held in the First Presbyterian Church of that city at 5 p.m. Sunday, conducted by the local lodges of Masons, of which order Gen. Howard had been a member for fifty years, and in which he had held a number of offices earlier in life. Interment will be made by the side of of wife in the Houston cemetery.

The honorary pallbearers will be Judge Brashear, D. C. Smith, G. A. Fosgard, F. F. Chew, T. W. House, A. P. Root, J. r. Fenn, Maj. Garly, and Philip Fall. The active pallbearers will be Harry A. Jones, Charles Wilby, Judge Todd, William Hancock, W. F. Ring, Presley K. EWing, C. W. Hahl, and Everett McAshan.

Gen. Howard was born in Wilmington, N.C. in 1820. His father, Thomas Baltimore Howard, fought in the war of 1812 and emigrated to Middle Florida, where he was made governor of St. Marks, one of the old Spanish settlements. When the Seminole Indian war broke Gen. Howard was in his teens, but he fought with distinction under the command of Capt. James Monroe, a nephew of President Monroe. Gen. Howard's second war was that against the Creek Indians in Georgia, at the close of which he moved his family to Texas, taking up a plantation near Houston, in Fort Bend County.

But here again Gen. Howard found fighting to do. This time it was to help Texas win her independence from Mexico. In this war Howard was commissioned a major, and fought throughout the conflict. Again he returned to the peaceful life of a Southern planter. It was at this period that Gen. Howard first took a hand in politics. He was elected to the Texas legislature, and later was chairman of the Texas delegation which helped to nominate Franklin Pierce for the Presidency.

When the civil war came on Gen. Howard enlisted with the Confederates. He went into the army of the gray as a lieutenant-colonel, and a year later was made a brigadier general. He was placed in command of the State troops which defended the coast counties of Texas. He participated in the battle of Galveston under General Magruder. It was in this battle that Magruder marched cavalrymen over the three-mile trestle which connected Galveston Island with the mainlan, and captured or sunk two United States warships. The Harriet Lane, one of the vessels, was commanded by Capt. Wainwright, who was killed, and who by the way, was the father of Marle Wainwright, the actress. Capt. Wainwright was a master Mason. When Gen. Howard, who was also a Mason, learned this he had the Union captain buried with Masonic honors.

At the close of the civil war Gen. Howard returned to his plantation, and later entered the cotton business in Houston, where he made his home until a short time ago. Recently Gen. Howard was granted a pension for his service in the Seminole Indian war. At that time it was learned that he was the only survivor of Capt. Augustus Allston's company, Second Regiment, Florida Militia. As a member of Dick Dowling camp of Confederate Veterans Gen. Howard was often one of those called upon throughout Texas to address public meetings, which were in the nature of celebrations of historical events.


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Born Wilmington, NC. He departed this life Washington DC. Veteran of Five Wars. The last survivor of the Seminole Indian War 1836.


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  • Created by: Lisa Tierney Hawkins
  • Added: 26 May 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 37534706
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Gen Thomas Baltimore Howard (29 Dec 1820–7 Jul 1904), Find A Grave Memorial no. 37534706, citing Glenwood Cemetery, Crockett, Houston County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Lisa Tierney Hawkins (contributor 47102318) .